History Literature / NoCountryForOldMen

23rd Nov '16 1:42:38 AM DimensionalShambler
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There's just one small hitch: an assassin has been sent after the stolen money, and he is ''a complete sociopath''. Anton Chigurh (Creator/JavierBardem) is a man willing to do ''absolutely anything'' -- to "[[{{Ubermensch}} follow a supreme act of will]]", as he puts it -- in order to get what he's after... and it's no longer just the money he's after.

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There's just one small hitch: an assassin has been sent after the stolen money, and he is ''a complete sociopath''. Anton Chigurh (Creator/JavierBardem) is a man willing to do ''absolutely anything'' -- to "[[{{Ubermensch}} follow a supreme act of will]]", as [[BlueAndOrangeMorality he puts it it]] -- in order to get what he's after... and it's no longer just the money he's after.


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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: This is what Chigurh's "moral code" is. He has rules, but they almost completely prohibit coexistence with others, as he usually punishes breaches of the moral code with gunshots. For example, he despises people who inherit something, apparently preferring things by chance (as seen when the gas store owner is spared by a coin toss), and he also despises people who try to use multiple people to accomplish one deed (and punishes it by shotgun blasts to the chest).
22nd Nov '16 9:43:56 PM Az_Tech341
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There's just one small hitch: an assassin has been sent after the stolen money, and he is ''a complete sociopath''. Anton Chigurh (Creator/JavierBardem) is a man willing to do ''absolutely anything'' -- to "[[{{Ubermensch}} follow a supreme act of will]]", as [[BlueAndOrangeMorality he puts it]] -- in order to get what he's after... and it's no longer just the money he's after.

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There's just one small hitch: an assassin has been sent after the stolen money, and he is ''a complete sociopath''. Anton Chigurh (Creator/JavierBardem) is a man willing to do ''absolutely anything'' -- to "[[{{Ubermensch}} follow a supreme act of will]]", as [[BlueAndOrangeMorality he puts it]] it -- in order to get what he's after... and it's no longer just the money he's after.



* AxCrazy: Anton Chigurh is a subversion. Even if they [[BlueAndOrangeMorality don't make sense to a normal person]], Chigurh has his reasons, and he's more coldly logical than crazy. He does, however, have one of the primary traits of a true AxCrazy, which is the immense amount of danger involved in engaging with him.

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* AxCrazy: Anton Chigurh is a subversion. Even if they [[BlueAndOrangeMorality don't make sense to a normal person]], Chigurh He has his reasons, and he's more coldly logical than crazy. He does, however, have one of the primary traits of a true AxCrazy, which is the immense amount of danger involved in engaging with him.



* BlueAndOrangeMorality: This is what Chigurh's "moral code" is. He has rules, but they almost completely prohibit coexistence with others; so strict are they, and by their nature, absolutely no one can reason them out of his head. For example, he despises people who inherit something, apparently preferring things by chance (as seen when the gas store owner is spared by a coin toss), and he also despises people who try to use multiple people to accomplish one deed (and punishes it by shotgun blasts to the chest).



* ForTheEvulz: Anton Chigurh seems this way, although he would insist that he's just following [[BlueAndOrangeMorality his own code]].
22nd Nov '16 12:08:15 AM DimensionalShambler
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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: This is what Chigurh's "moral code" is. He has rules, but they almost completely prohibit coexistence with others; so strict are they, and by their nature, absolutely no one can reason them out of his head.

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: This is what Chigurh's "moral code" is. He has rules, but they almost completely prohibit coexistence with others; so strict are they, and by their nature, absolutely no one can reason them out of his head. For example, he despises people who inherit something, apparently preferring things by chance (as seen when the gas store owner is spared by a coin toss), and he also despises people who try to use multiple people to accomplish one deed (and punishes it by shotgun blasts to the chest).



* DecoyProtagonist: Llewelyn Moss. Sheriff Bell is the real protagonist, and delivers both the opening and closing monologues. The story is about an old man not adapting to the reality of the brutal environment he works in.

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* DecoyProtagonist: Llewelyn Moss. Sheriff Bell is the real protagonist, protagonist (however nominal), and delivers both the opening and closing monologues. The story is about an old man not adapting to the reality of the brutal environment he works in.



* DiabolusExNihilo: Played very, very straight with Anton Chigurh. He spends the first act of the film terrorizing the townsfolk for reasons that are never really discussed. As the second act begins, he's instantly involved in the plot without a word of explanation. We don't even know who's employing him.

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* DiabolusExNihilo: Played very, very straight with Anton Chigurh. He spends the first act of the film terrorizing the townsfolk for reasons that are never really discussed. As the second act begins, he's instantly involved in the plot without a word of explanation. We don't even know who's employing him.him, and the people the audience thinks are employing him get blown away.



* DisapprovingLook: Creator/TommyLeeJones' famous "Implied Facepalm" given to one of his deputies.

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* DisapprovingLook: Creator/TommyLeeJones' famous "Implied Facepalm" given to one of his deputies.deputies - in context, it's both annoyance at the gung-ho of the Deputy trying to get Bell off his ass and investigating the crime scene, and the fact the other agencies on scene are just as gung-ho.



* NoEnding: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]. As noted above, [[spoiler:with the exceptions of Chigurh and Sheriff Bell, every major character dies]]. A quick shot reveals that [[spoiler:Chigurh had found the money in the ventilation system again, and left with the money]], but it goes by fast and is irrelevant to the story by this point.

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* NoEnding: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]. As noted above, [[spoiler:with the exceptions of Chigurh and Sheriff Bell, every major character dies]]. A quick shot reveals that [[spoiler:Chigurh had found the money in the ventilation system again, and left with the money]], but it goes by fast and is irrelevant to the story by this point. Further, [[spoiler:Chigurh is grievously wounded - in the novel, it's taken further, where the sheriffs will continue tracking him.]]



** The man with the chicken crates who stops to give Chigurh a jump.

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** The man with the chicken crates who stops to give Chigurh a jump. He gets his brains removed for his troubles.



** Chigurh wears the same haircut as [[Film/HardBoiled Mad Dog]].

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** Chigurh wears the same haircut as [[Film/HardBoiled Mad Dog]]. Like Mad Dog, Chigurh has a sense of morality - but unlike Mad Dog, it's not like anyone's morality.
19th Nov '16 4:45:17 AM Az_Tech341
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* VillainousBreakdown: In the book, [[spoiler:the closest Chigurh gets to something that isn't his absolutely certain and inhuman behavior is being confronted with a crying Carla Jean, uncomfotably apologizing and having to explain his worldview.]]. In the movie, [[spoiler:he gets his arm shattered by a car, and it's clear he's in extreme pain and shock, despite his usual monotone.]]
18th Nov '16 5:11:41 PM DimensionalShambler
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* UselessProtagonist: Sheriff Bell, too apathetic to even properly pursue Chigurh, unlike the hotshot deputies and the out-of-state investigators trying to piece together what's going on. One of his major scenes is his deputy trying to encourage him to go with the investigators at the crime scenes - he doesn't care, saying it'll do no good. [[spoiler:He doesn't bother with investigating further after he fails to stop Chigurh.]]

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* UselessProtagonist: Sheriff Bell, too apathetic to even properly pursue Chigurh, unlike the hotshot deputies and the out-of-state investigators trying to piece together what's going on. One of his major scenes is his deputy trying to encourage him to go with the investigators at the crime scenes - he doesn't care, saying it'll do no good. [[spoiler:He doesn't bother with investigating further after he fails to stop Chigurh.Chigurh, or the hitmen from killing Llewyn.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: In the book, [[spoiler:the closest Chigurh gets to something that isn't his absolutely certain and inhuman behavior is being confronted with a crying Carla Jean, uncomfotably apologizing and having to explain his worldview.]]. In the movie, [[spoiler:he gets his arm shattered by a car, and it's clear he's in extreme pain and shock, despite his usual monotone.
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2nd Nov '16 3:42:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}:
** Anton Chigurh. DiscussedTrope.
** Moss himself is a Vietnam veteran.
6th Sep '16 4:18:39 PM eroock
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* DeadFootLeadfoot: Moss hitches a ride with a bystander, who is killed while Moss talks to him. Later, he hitches another ride with an entirely different man, who is also killed for his trouble, but that happens long after he was separated from Moss.



* DisposablePilot: Moss hitches a ride with a bystander, who is killed while Moss talks to him. Later, he hitches another ride with an entirely different man, who is also killed for his trouble, but that happens long after he was separated from Moss.
2nd Sep '16 6:47:56 AM VoxAquila
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* AnAesop: Monstrous evil like Chigurh has always existed, and thinking previous times were better or more moral is vanity. Despite all of this, there are always people who will [[ArcWords carry the fire.]]
14th Aug '16 8:02:24 PM oforiousmic
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* UselessProtagonist: Sheriff Bell, too apathetic to even properly pursue Chigurh, unlike the hotshot deputies and the out-of-state investigators trying to piece together what's going on. One of his major scenes is his deputy trying to encourage him to go with the investigators at the crime scenes - he doesn't care, saying it'll do no good. [[spoiler:He doesn't bother with investigating further after he fails to stop Chigurh.

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* UselessProtagonist: Sheriff Bell, too apathetic to even properly pursue Chigurh, unlike the hotshot deputies and the out-of-state investigators trying to piece together what's going on. One of his major scenes is his deputy trying to encourage him to go with the investigators at the crime scenes - he doesn't care, saying it'll do no good. [[spoiler:He doesn't bother with investigating further after he fails to stop Chigurh.]]
9th Aug '16 3:04:30 PM Az_Tech341
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** Anton Chigurh is a deconstruction of the ImplacableMan and HitmanWithAHeart. He isn't a killer robot from the future, and he can bleed and get hurt, but Anton is still as close to a terminator as you could get in real life. Like a Dostoyevskean character, Anton is completely driven by an idea. In this case, the idea is that every action you take, will ultimately decide your fate. If Anton is hired to kill you, that means that somewhere along the line, you have committed an action that warranted it. [[DisproportionateRetribution If you realized this or not at the time, makes ''NO'' difference,]] and there is ''NO'' amount of begging and pleading that will save you, once you're in Chigurhs sights. Anton simply views himself as fates messenger, [[BreakThemByTalking and calmly and methodically makes sure that you realize how poor your decisions were, before he blows your brains out.]] Compare with UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan and his "i am the flail of god" quote, to see where he is coming from.The HitmanWithAHeart part, comes from the fact that Chigurh doesn't feel any anger or hatred for his victims. If anything, he might feel pity for the fact that they'd ended up in their current situation, and like in Carla Jeans case, through the fault of others. In some cases, he is willing to give his victims a coin toss to potentially spare their lives (further playing into his fatalistic worldview and his role as a messenger of fate). But that's it. Chigurhs just the deliveryman.

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** Anton Chigurh is a deconstruction of the ImplacableMan and HitmanWithAHeart. He isn't a killer robot from the future, and he can bleed and get hurt, but Anton is still as close to a terminator as you could get in real life. Like a Dostoyevskean character, Anton is completely driven by an idea. In this case, the idea is that every action you take, will ultimately decide your fate. If Anton is hired to kill you, that means that somewhere along the line, you have committed an action that warranted it. [[DisproportionateRetribution If you realized this or not at the time, makes ''NO'' difference,]] and there is ''NO'' amount of begging and pleading that will save you, once you're in Chigurhs Chigurh's sights. Anton simply views himself as fates messenger, [[BreakThemByTalking and calmly and methodically makes sure that you realize how poor your decisions were, before he blows your brains out.]] Compare with UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan and his "i "I am the flail of god" quote, to see where he is coming from.from. The HitmanWithAHeart part, comes from the fact that Chigurh doesn't feel any anger or hatred for his victims. If anything, he might feel pity for the fact that they'd ended up in their current situation, and like in Carla Jeans Jean's case, through the fault of others. In some cases, he is willing to give his victims a coin toss to spare potentially spare their lives (further playing into his fatalistic worldview and his role as a messenger of fate). But that's it. Chigurhs just the deliveryman.
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